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Celebrities React to NY's Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage

(NEW YORK) — On Friday night, the New York State Senate voted in favor of legislation that will allow same-sex couples in the state to marry, and some celebrities took to Twitter to express their feelings about the passing of the bill. Pop star Lady Gaga, who has been a vocal supporter of gay rights, was in Tokyo when the Marriage Equality Act of 2011 passed in the New York Senate, and expressed her happiness online tweeting “I can’t stop crying. We did it kids.” Lady Gaga also tweeted a picture of herself with a group of young people, with the message “The revolution is ours to fight for love, justice+equality. Rejoice NY, and propose. We did it!!!” accompanying the twitpic. Leading up to the vote Actor Neil Patrick Harris, who is openly gay, tweeted “I’d sure love to get married. Please, NY Senate, vote in favor of marriage equality today. My family would really appreciate it.” And after the bill was passed, Harris hopped back onto Twitter to say, “It PASSED! Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night!” Funnyman Seth Meyers, of Saturday Night Live, added some humor to the reactions on Twitter, saying “In the last 10 minutes I’ve had 100 missed calls from Stefon.” SNL fans know “Stefon” as a flamboyant Correspondent character on the show. New York joins Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, as the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. Same-sex nuptials are also legal in Washington, D.C.

Navy Scraps Rules on Gay Marriages After GOP Protest

(WASHINGTON) — The Navy has abruptly reversed course on new guidelines that would have eventually allowed same-sex couples to wed on its bases — with Navy chaplains performing the ceremony — after “don’t ask, don’t tell” is officially repealed. 

In a memo released late Tuesday, chief Navy chaplain Mark Tidd said his previous instructions, part of the military’s ongoing effort to revise its policies before lifting the ban on openly gay service members, were “suspended until further notice pending additional legal and policy review and interdepartmental coordination.” 

A Navy spokesman declined to elaborate on reasons for the move. But it follows mounting pressure from a group of 63 congressional Republicans who objected to the policy change in a letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus late last week. 

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Calif., who is leading the opposition, plans to introduce an amendment to a House armed services bill that would bar Pentagon employees — or facilities — from being used for marriage ceremonies not recognized under the Defense of Marriage Act. 

The Navy had said allowing gay service members to exchange vows in base chapels and other places used to celebrate marriage was consistent with federal law so long as the ceremonies occurred in states where same-sex marriage is legal. 

"Legal counsel has concluded that, generally speaking, base facility use is sexual orientation neutral," Tidd wrote in a memo April 13. 

Navy chaplains could also officiate in marriage ceremonies if they’re consistent with their religious beliefs and comply with state and local laws in which they are performed, he said. 

How to handle same-sex marriages by service members is one of several issues the Pentagon is weighing as it prepares to put in place a repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which President Obama signed into law in December. The policy is still in effect until 60 days after Obama and the Pentagon certify the armed forces are ready for the change. 

Officials expect certification could happen as soon as this summer.

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Navy OKs Bases, Chaplains for Same-Sex Weddings

(WASHINGTON) — The Navy will allow same-sex couples to wed in ceremonies on its bases and officiated by Navy chaplains after the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is officially repealed, according to new training guidelines published last month by the Navy’s chief of chaplains. 

The changes, outlined in an April 13 memo from Rear Adm. Mark Tidd, come as part of the military’s ongoing effort to revise its policies and train troops before lifting the ban on openly gay military service members. 

In states where same-sex marriage is legal, gay service members will be allowed exchange vows in base chapels and other places used to celebrate marriage, according to the memo. 

"Legal counsel has concluded that, generally speaking, base facility use is sexual orientation neutral," Tidd wrote. 

A Navy chaplain will also be able to officiate the marriage ceremony, if it’s consistent with his or her religious beliefs and complies with state and local laws in which it is performed, he said. 

Training guidelines for Army and Air Force chaplains do not mention issues surrounding same-sex marriage ceremonies, although officials said that does not mean the ceremonies are necessarily prohibited. 

The prospect of same-sex marriages at U.S. military installations has drawn fire from Republicans, who say the ceremonies would violate the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman for federal purposes. 

Married same-sex couples remain barred from receiving federal marriage benefits involving taxes, social security, health care and housing. 

President Obama signed a repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” into law in December, but the policy is still in effect until 60 days after Obama and the Pentagon certify the armed forces are ready for the change. 

Officials expect certification could happen as soon as this summer.  

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